Forty catches. That's allegedly the amount of productivity that Texans head coach Bill O'Brien envisioned out of Andre Johnson had Johnson remained a Houston Texan in 2015. That's according to Johnson and his camp. The possible future Hall of Famer also claimed that he was told he would have a diminished role in the Texans' offense. I think it's safe to say after watching five hours of O'Brien on Hard Knocks that there was no posturing or posing going on with Johnson in these conversations — this was O'Brien's honest assessment.
Johnson, predictably, disagreed, and decided to take his talents to an AFC South rival, signing a three-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts. It was a signing that, along with the signing of running back Frank Gore (a Johnson teammate at the University of Miami), was hailed as a possible game changer at the highest reaches of the Super Bowl odds board. Andre Johnson would be the missing piece for the Colts.
Well, two games in, it looks like O'Brien's assessment was the correct one and the one thing still missing from the Colts at this early juncture is a positive integer in the "win" column.
Seven catches, 51 yards and a ton of Mopey Andre Johnson Face. That's what the Colts have received so far for the $10 million they guaranteed Johnson when they signed him in March. If you thought the Texans used Andre Johnson like a souped-up H-back in 2014, the Colts appear to be about two weeks away from having him line up in front of Gore and block for him in short yardage.
At this point, It's not a reach to say that Andre Johnson may very well be done. Around age 32, that's when elite receivers begin to fall off. Andre Johnson is 34, so the drop-off may have begun last season right before our very eyes, and now he's essentially operating as an unwitting sleeper cell that's taking down the Colts from within. As you can imagine, Colts fans have not taken too kindly to Johnson's act thus far, and after a 20-7 loss on Monday night to the New York Jets, it got ugly on Twitter for ol' number-80-who-is-now-81.
Let's take a look….
"DISRESPECTFUL TO THE TEXANS" TWEETS
Luck gets smashed again and Johnson barely even tries to make a play. Andre Johnson needs to shake that Texans mentality.— Judah Owens (@Judah_Karis) September 22, 2015
"DISRESPECTFUL TO THE HORSESHOE" TWEETS
@Colts you completely embarrassed the whole state of Indiana tonight! Bring back Reggie, Cut Andre Johnson! No respect for the Horse Shoe!— Calvin Blank (@YoungC44) September 22, 2015
"ED REED COMPARISON" TWEET
Andre Johnson on that Ed Reed retirement tour contract.— Mīcah Williams (@MicahONAIR) September 22, 2015
"ANDRE JOHNSON DOESN'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT FOOTBALL OR LIFE" TWEETS
When did Andre Johnson start looking like a Linebacker instead of a WR?— Keagen Briggs (@Kbriggsbro) September 22, 2015
Topping off a great career with a season where the effort is not even 10%. Lost a lot of respect for @johnson80 no doubt...— Alex Rejer (@Rejer4412) September 22, 2015
Live look at Andre Johnson trying to catch a pass over his head: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯— Kellen Grode (@Kellen_Grode) September 22, 2015
Andre Johnson and Frank Gore lookin flabby and sick— Geetchi Liberachi (@bigpimpinET) September 22, 2015
"TEXAN FANS CHIMING IN" TWEETS
Bro just walked because we were gonna cut down his receptions and here we are both 0-2. Fuck you Andre Johnson.— Texans 14-2 (@TehJavi) September 22, 2015
"Andre Johnson will have a chance at a title now!" pic.twitter.com/xiSqPtuIyX— Harrison Lee (@HarrisonCLee) September 22, 2015
Andre Johnson continues to prove himself as the greatest Texan ever. He took one for the team and went to Indy to sabotage the Colts— Zach Harrell (@ZHarrell711) September 22, 2015
"BLUNT ANDRE JOHNSON HATE" TWEET
Andre Johnson and Frank Gore are gigantic bags of shit.— Craig's D (@Craigs_Bag81) September 22, 2015
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And then finally the factual tweet of the night, repeated by roughly one million people in the aftermath of that abortion of a game on Monday night...
Andre Johnson still hasn't won in Indy.— Bruce Wright (@DoubleDeucBruce) September 22, 2015
….and let's hope he never does.
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